New Director of Boarding for 2016

New Director of Boarding for 2016Berndatte
Introducing Bernadette Hyde-Mewburn who will be taking over the Director of Boarding reins in 2016. Bernadette has given us a little insight into her background. We hope you will welcome her into our family with the usual Girls Grammar warmth.
Born and raised on the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, I was educated at Mt St Patrick College Murwillumbah and completed my senior schooling as a Boarder at St Mary’s College Lismore.
I have worked and studied across Australia including, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. I have also had the opportunity to work with Indigenous Communities in the remote areas of South Australia. Most of my career has been as a Public Servant working in the Department of Communities, Department of Family & Community Services, and Department of Corrections. I have also worked in the Not for Profit Sector in Queensland, including General Manager Rosies Youth Mission and School Ministries Coordinator with the St Vincent De Paul Society.
After marrying my husband Mark in 2000 we made a decision to “give something back and make a difference” and decided working in Boarding Schools was going to be part of our future together.
In 2006 Mark and I were appointed Head of Residence Years 7 & 8 at Marist College Ashgrove where we were privileged to care for boys of Western Queensland and the Pacific and to be part of the Marist College Community.
In 2010 Mark and I moved to North Queensland, where I was appointed Assistant to the Principal – Residential at St Patrick’s College Townsville, where I completed a five year term. Mark was appointed School Counsellor, Ignatius Park College.
As we have no children of our own it has been a great privilege to care for someone else’s children but at the same time understanding the extraordinary responsibility that comes with that privilege.
I am very excited to be appointed Director of Boarding 2016 at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School. The vision of the School “Women Can Achieve Anything” is a great foundation to work from. In my recent tour of Girls Grammar, I was most impressed with the facilities but I also experienced a culture amongst students where they were very proud of their school and embraced every opportunity for success.
I look forward to meeting the students and families of the Boarding Community of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and welcoming you in 2016.